Food Safety Magazine

November 17, 2014

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2015 Dietary Guidelines: Smarter Consumer Choices Can Impact Foodborne Outbreaks
February 26, 2015
2015 Dietary Guidelines: Smarter Consumer Choices Can Impact Foodborne Outbreaks

The Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, submitted this month to the Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is suggesting that consumer behavior––along with other practices put in place by government and private sectors––can play a role in reducing cases of foodborne illnesses.

 

IFSAC Introduces New Method for Attributing Foodborne Illness
February 24, 2015
IFSAC Introduces New Method for Attributing Foodborne Illness

There’s a new method for analyzing outbreak data to determine which foods are responsible for illness related to four major foodborne bacteria, thanks to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

 

USDA Announces $6 Million Available for Food Safety Programs
February 20, 2015
USDA Announces $6 Million Available for Food Safety Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced that $160 million in funding is now available for research, education and extension projects to boost U.S. agriculture production.

John G. Surak Earns Freund-Marquardt Medal
February 19, 2015
John G. Surak Earns Freund-Marquardt Medal

John G. Surak––a member of Food Safety Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board––has been presented with a Freund-Marquardt Medal.

FDA Warns Consumers of Peanut Allergens Found in Cumin Spice
February 19, 2015
FDA Warns Consumers of Peanut Allergens Found in Cumin Spice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers with peanut allergies to avoid food products containing cumin spice due to possible traces of peanut. Cumin is a common ingredient in Indian dishes and Tex-Mex style cooking.

Listeria Thrives in Retail Delis, According to Purdue Study
February 17, 2015
Listeria Thrives in Retail Delis, According to Purdue Study

Traces of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria may not be completely destroyed with current cleaning procedures in place at retail delis, according to new research conducted by Purdue University.

Larry Keener Nominated for IFT Board of Directors
November 7, 2014
Larry Keener Nominated for IFT Board of Directors

Larry Keener, president and CEO of International Product Safety Consultants and longtime member of the FSM Editorial Advisory Board, has been nominated as a candidate for leadership of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Board of Directors for 2015.

From Farm to Fork to Landfill––Yale Law School Debuts Food Law and Policy Course
February 12, 2015
From Farm to Fork to Landfill––Yale Law School Debuts Food Law and Policy Course

With a growing interest surrounding the laws and regulations that govern the foods and beverages we grow, raise, share, sell, cook, eat and drink, an entire new area of law continues to emerge and take hold in academia across the country. 

GMA Names Jennifer Cleveland McEntire as VP of Science Operations
February 10, 2015
GMA Names Jennifer Cleveland McEntire as VP of Science Operations

This week, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced that Jennifer Cleveland McEntire will take over as the organization’s new vice president of science operations beginning March 3rd.

$30 Million to Combat Citrus Disease Announced by Secretary Vilsack
February 9, 2015
$30 Million to Combat Citrus Disease Announced by Secretary Vilsack

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that $30 million has been set aside to help citrus producers fight Huanglongbing (HLB)––otherwise known as “citrus greening”––a disease that threatens U.S. citrus production.

University of Maine to Research Foodborne Pathogens with Funds from USDA
February 9, 2015
University of Maine to Research Foodborne Pathogens with Funds from USDA

Researchers at the University of Maine have been granted $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

New Bill Proposes Giving Meat Recall Authority to FSIS
February 6, 2015
New Bill Proposes Giving Meat Recall Authority to FSIS

Under the Meat and Poultry Recall Notification Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) would have the authority to recall contaminated meat, poultry and some egg products. This bill would also allow the Secretary of Agriculture to issue a mandatory food recall. This new legislation has been proposed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

 

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to Resign
February 5, 2015
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to Resign

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that Dr. Margaret Hamburg--who’s served as commissioner of the agency for nearly 6 years--is stepping down from her position.

FDA, CDC and USDA to Hold Public Meeting on IFSAC
January 30, 2015
FDA, CDC and USDA to Hold Public Meeting on IFSAC

On Tuesday February 24th, a public meeting will take place to update stakeholders on the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration’s (IFSAC) work to improve foodborne illness source attribution.

EFSA Releases Plans for 2015 and Beyond
February 4, 2015
EFSA Releases Plans for 2015 and Beyond

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released its plans for 2015 through 2017 in an 80-page Single Programming Document released to the public today.

IAFP 2015 Registration Now Open
February 4, 2015
IAFP 2015 Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) 2015. This year’s event will be held July 25 through July 28 in Portland, OR.

 

Obama’s 2016 Budget Includes Food Safety Funding and Proposal of New Agency
February 3, 2015
Obama’s 2016 Budget Includes Food Safety Funding and Proposal of New Agency

The oversight of food safety has been given a major boost with President Barack Obama’s proposed $4 trillion fiscal year 2016 budget.

New EU Report Summarizes Trends in Most Prevalent Foodborne Diseases
January 28, 2015
New EU Report Summarizes Trends in Most Prevalent Foodborne Diseases

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control have released findings that outline the growth levels of human cases involving campylobateriosis, Listeriosis, Salmonella and other foodborne illnesses.

Use of Antibiotics in Chicken Prompts Draft Order by FSSAI
February 2, 2015
Use of Antibiotics in Chicken Prompts Draft Order by FSSAI

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is proposing tighter control on the use of antibiotics to speed up growth in food-producing animals such as chicken in a new draft order.

Food Safety at the Center of China’s Rural Policy for 2015
February 2, 2015
Food Safety at the Center of China’s Rural Policy for 2015

According to China’s annual agenda released every January, the sovereign state’s rural policy will be focusing heavily on food safety in 2015.

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